Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:58 pm EDT
District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez has stayed the execution of Scott Dozier by ruling that the drug made by Alvogen, midazolam, cannot be used in Scott's execution. Alvogen argued that the drug was obtained “by subterfuge with the undisclosed and improper intent to use it for the upcoming execution in complete disregard of plaintiff’s rights.” It is the first time the company has successfully halted an execution, as previous attempts have failed. Judge Gonzalez noted that this ruling was not a comment on the death penalty, but a business matter.
Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:01 pm EDT
District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is considering a request by midazolam manufacture Alvogen, that the midazolam that Nevada plans to use in tonight's execution was not obtained legitimately. They also requested that the judge order the state to return its supply of drugs. Further, lawyers for Alvogen argue that midazolam is not approved for use in execution and that it would cause the company "immediate and irreparable harm" if used in the execution. A hearing was scheduled for this morning.
Updated: Monday, July 9, 2018 11:25 am EDT
Scott Raymond Dozier is scheduled to be executed at 8 pm PDT, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada. Forty-seven-year-old Scott is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller on April 18, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scott has spent the last ten years on Nevada’s death row.
In 2001, Scott Dozier was a methamphetamine dealer. Dozier came to believe that 27-year-old Jasen Green was going to expose his operation. Dozier shot Jasen and chopped his body into pieces before burying him in an Arizona.
In April of 2002, Dozier was in need of money and convinced an associate, 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller to come to Las Vegas, with cash, for a large purchase of ephedrine, a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine. Dozier and Miller met on April 18, 2002, inside a motel on the Las Vegas Strip. Miller also brought along a suitcase containing $12,000 in cash.
Upon arrival, Dozier killed Miller before cutting his body into pieces and disposing of them. Dozier then went on a spending spree. One year later, Miller’s torso, chopped in two, was found by a maintenance worker. His head, arms, and legs were never recovered.
Dozier was arrested on June 25, 2002, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, Dozier was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of Jasen Green. In October of 2007, Dozier was sentenced to death in Nevada for the robbery and murder of Jeremiah Miller.
During Dozier’s 2007 trial, a medical examiner testified that it was likely Miller was shot to death, however, it is impossible to determine. Upon Dozier’s arrest, police recovered a firearm but were unable to link it to the crime.
Scott Dozier has requested that all his appeal be halted and that his execution be allowed to proceed.
If executed, Scott will be the first individual executed in Nevada since April 2006. He will also be the first person executed at the recently constructed death chamber at Ely State Prison. Previously, the execution chamber was located at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, however it was relocated when the Carson City Prison closed.
Scott was originally scheduled to be executed on October 16, 2017, however, his execution was rescheduled after requests to make public the drugs that will be used in the execution. It has since been announced that the drugs to be used are a combination of diazepam, fentanyl, and cisatracurium and Scott was given a new execution date in November.
Scott's execution was again stayed, this time by Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti, who ordered that the paralytic drug be removed from the execution protocol out of fear that the drug would leave Scott aware of everything that was happening to him, but unable to react or show that he is in pain. Scott has repeatedly stated that he wished to be executed, regardless of any pain he may experience. The judge's order was appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court, who ruled that Judge Togliatti abused her discretion by considering the challenge to the execution protocol. Following this ruling, a new execution date, July 11, 2018, was given.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of the Jasen Green and Jeremiah Miller. Please pray for strength for the family of Scott. Please pray that if Scott is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Scott may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.